retail news in context, analysis with attitude

Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  The United States now has had a total of 83,170,407 total cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, resulting in 1,021,089 deaths and 80,757,424 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 513,966,008 total cases, with 6,263,244 resultant fatalities and 468,592,248 reported recoveries.   (Source.)



•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 77.6 percent of the total US population has received at least one dose of vaccine … 66.2 percent are fully vaccinated … and 45.8 percent of fully vaccinated people have received a vaccine booster dose.



•  The New York Times reports that "over the next 50 years, climate change will drive thousands of viruses to jump from one species of mammal to another, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. The shuffling of viruses among animals may increase the risk that one will jump into humans and cause a new pandemic, the researchers said.

"Scientists have long warned that a warming planet may increase the burden of diseases. Malaria, for example, is expected to spread as the mosquitoes that carry it expand their range into warming regions. But climate change might also usher in entirely new diseases, by allowing pathogens to move into new host species … As temperatures increase, many species are expected to spread away from the blazing Equator to find more comfortable habitats. Others may move up the sides of hills and mountains to find cooler altitudes. When different species come into contact for the first time, the viruses may be able to infect new hosts."

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